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EC dismisses AAP’s complaint about EVM tampering

Rejecting AAP’s (Aam Aadmi Party) complaint regarding alleged tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Election Commission (EC) told AAP that the party should reflect why it performed below expectations in Punjab. The EC also said that as per the provisions of current laws, the party would have to file a petition in the High Court to get the necessary orders for verification of results. Responding to AAP’s request for verification of poll results, the EC said, “It is unfair on the part of your party to attribute unsatisfactory poll performance of your party to the alleged tamperability of EVMs.”

The EC reiterated that the EVMs are completely safe and tamperproof. When AAP pointed out that certain countries have stopped using EVMs, the EC said that the EVMs used in India are completely different from those used in other countries. EC’s reply read, “EVMs cannot be compared with machines of other countries…most of the systems used in other countries are computer-based and controlled with Internet connectivity. Hence, these could be vulnerable to ‘hacking’. The software in the EVM chip is one time programmable and burnt into the chip at the time of manufacturing.”

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